Agencies generally used sole-source or limited competition
approaches to issue new contracts for Iraqi reconstruction
and generally complied with applicable laws and regulations,
but that’s not always the case when issuing task orders under
existing contracts, the General Accounting Office has said
following a review of 100 agency-awarded contracts representing
GAO said the Army needs to ensure compliance with
requirements when issuing task orders to reduce monetary
risk and recommended that the Department of Defense “develop
a strategy to improve the delivery of acquisition support in
any future operations.”
Task orders under existing contracts legally satisfy
competition requirements if they are within the scope, period
of performance, and maximum value of a properly awarded
underlying contract, said GAO.
But it said it found several instances of contract orders
outside of those guidelines. For example, to obtain media
development services and various subject matter experts the
Defense Contracting Command-Washington placed two orders
using a management improvement contract where the neither of
the orders involved management improvement.
The work should have been awarded using competitive
procedures or supported by a justification for other than full
and open competition, said GAO.